Why DC Prep

DC Prep’s network of public charter schools serves over 2,000 students in preschool through 8th grade across six campuses in Edgewood (Ward 5), Benning (Ward 7), and Anacostia (Ward 8). All DC Prep schools are tuition-free and open to any student in Washington, DC.

DC Prep is the #1-performing network of public charter schools citywide for eight years running! We set high expectations in a warm and nurturing environment, resulting in a community of learners, teachers, and families. 

• Student learning is at the heart of all we do. We have a highly structured and highly supportive learning environment, including a longer school day and focused academic intervention.

• We believe in the power and joy of learning and that all students can excel.

• We emphasize healthy social development and foster a positive learning environment where students are supported to develop strong study habits and a voice - demonstrating the personal qualities of successful students and good citizens.

• We build a strong and supportive school culture.

• We foster shared expectations and aspirations between home and school. Frequent informal and formal communication with families, including regular phone contact, quarterly conferences, etc., build trust and parent/teacher teamwork to achieve the best outcome for every student.

DC Prep Need-to-Know Facts 
(Note: We are actively working to plan for SY20-21 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and city health guidelines. We will continue to update our website as information becomes available.) 
School hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 8AM - 4PM
Wednesdays: 8AM - 2PM 
• All students should report to school on time and in full uniform every day. 
• Optional aftercare program availabe for PK3-6th grade students from dismissal-6PM on school days. 
• Mandatory uniforms provided via Risse Brothers

Interested in a Typical Day at DC Prep?

DC Prep's Benning Elementary Campus (BEC), a 2016 DC PCSB Tier 1 School, partnered with DC School Reform Now in its Virtual School Tours initiative designed to give families just like yours the ability to compare high-performing schools virtually. The BEC video series consists of footage showcasing a typical day in the campus community. Get to glimpse into a typical 3rd grade Math lesson in the video below - and stay tuned for other featured videos!


What our Alumni are Saying

“The teachers really care about the students. It took me a while to believe that, but it’s true. They push you to do better because they know you can. Because of DC Prep I’m going to a really prestigious high school.”
O'Brient, DC Prep Class of 2011